Joss Whedon will direct new 'Avengers' movie

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Tbd-josswhedon041510 Network TV nerds across America are shivering with joy upon word that their hero Joss Whedon will direct the big-screen version of The Avengers, Variety reports. It's like a triple-scoop banana split for geeks. With extra syrup.

The mag says Whedon will follow up his only other film directing credit (Serenity) with the release of the superhero saga, which combines the likes of Marvel heroes Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk. The flick is slated for a May 4, 2012 release, after Joss rewrites parts of Zak Penn's script he doesn't like.

This would be a pretty big coup for Whedon, since it would involve working with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans (just chosen for a separate Captain America movie), Chris Hemsworth (coming up as Thor) and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Might Edward Norton return as the Hulk? Only if he wants to be in a movie full of bland exposition, arcane cultural references and low mass appeal, all hallmarks of Whedon projects. Yeah, The Juice* said it -- try making an original TV series that lasts more than one-and-a-half seasons, Joss. 

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